Family Group Sheet data from: Pat Combs O'Dell:
Burr Harrison Combs
birthdate and birthplace
27 Dec 1839 Loudoun Co, Virginia
death date, place
25 Feb 1918 Taylor Co, Iowa [Book 3 page 138] [Note 1]
Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
1st marriage
10 Mar 1870 Henry Co, Illinois
2nd marriage
07 Jan 1904 Memory, Taylor Co, Iowa: Elizabeth Ann King Quimby [3] [4]
Joseph Napoleon Combs
Nancy Jane Brabham
Lucretia "Lou" Ann Painter
birthdate and place
07 Nov 1850 Morrow Co, Ohio
deathdate and place
03 Jan 1892 Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
Guss cem, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
Jacob Painter
Ann Nickols
#1 Charlie Combs born

19 Jan 1871 Henry Co, Illinois

married 21 Oct 1891 Taylor Co, Iowa: Ida Caroline Wirth [Book 2 page 111]
died 09 Nov 1951 New Market, Taylor Co, Iowa: [Book 4 page 233]
buried Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa [north section]
#2 Cora Combs born 20 Jan 1872 Taylor Co, Iowa
married 23 Dec 1891 Taylor Co, Iowa: Arthur J. Darnold [Book 6 page 581]

19 Jun 1908 St Joseph, Buchanan Co, Mo

buried Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa [north section]
#3 George Combs born 06 Nov 1874 Taylor Co, Iowa

28 Dec 1898 Taylor Co, Iowa: [Sarah Eliza] Lida Lathrop


29 Jul 1955 Springfield, Green Co, Mo

buried Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
#4 Rose "Nellie" Combs born 30 Jul 1876 Taylor Co, Iowa
married 02 Mar 1902 Taylor Co, Iowa: Allen E. Pullen [Bk 9 p419] divorced
died 08 Jul 1960 Taylor Co, Iowa [Book 4 page 494]
buried Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
#5 Ned Combs born 14 Aug 1880 Taylor Co, Iowa [Book A page 49]
married 21 Jan 1903 Taylor Co, Iowa: Laura Thompson

04 Apr 1970 Clarinda, Page Co, Iowa

buried Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
#6 Lizzie Combs born

19 Apr 1884 Taylor Co, Iowa

married 29 Jan 1902 Taylor Co, Iowa: Charles Thompson [Book 9 page 392]
died 27 Apr 1959 Taylor Co, Iowa
buried Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
#7 Lloyd Combs born 15 May 1886 Taylor Co, Iowa
married 22 Mar 1905 Taylor Co, Iowa: Gleanna Johnson [Book 10 page 348]

14 Mar 1952 Creston, Union Co, Iowa [Book 4 page 240 Taylor Co]

buried Guss Cemetery, Nodaway Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa
#8 Osie Mable Combs born 21 Jun 1889 Taylor Co, Iowa

04 Dec 1904 Taylor Co, Iowa: Earl McAlpin, divorced

married 26 Feb 1924 Maryville, Mo: Gail Berger
died 00 Mar 1980 Clarinda, Page Co, Iowa
buried Memory Cemetery, East River Twp, Page Co, Iowa


[1] ~obituary Burr Harrison Combs
In the death of Burr Combs this community loses one of its pioneer citizens, one who did much to develop this section from a raw and bleak prairie to its present productive and beautiful condition. He was a man of solid worth, upright and just in all his dealings, and enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He has left to his children a pricelss heritage - an honored man. Deceased has been in failing health for a long time and his death had been momentarily expected for several weeks.
Burr Harrison Combs was born in Louden County, Virginia, December 27, 1839, and died at his home near New Market, Iowa, February 25, 1918, aged 78 years, 1 month and 29 days.
When two years of age his parents moved to Morgan County, Ohio, living there until 1863, when they moved to Henry county, Illinois, where he was married to Lucretia Pointer (sic) in 1870 and came westward to make his home. They located on a farm that has been his home for 48 years. To them were born 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters, who grew to maturity and who have since married and settled in homes of their own. The children who survive to mourn his death are Charles, George and Ned Combs also Nellie Pullen, Lizzie Thompson and Osie McAlpin all of New Market, Loyd Combs of Mitchell, S.D., one daughter Cora Darnold having died June 19, 1908, also one step son Lee Quimby of New Market.
Death claimed his first wife, the mother of his children, January 3, 1892. He was married to his second wife, Elizabeth Quimby who survives him, January 7, 1904.
He also leaves to mourn his death 3 brothers and 1 sister. They are J.T. Combs of Gravity, Ia, Frank Combs of Spencer, S.D., C.L. Combs of Hymore, S.D., and Mrs Sam Barman of S.D., besides 30 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and a host of friends. He was esteemd by all who knew him. Mr Combs was considered up right in his dealings with his fellowmen. His death was like the passing of a land mark, which has stood the test of years of development of the country. During his last days he prayed and gave evidence of conversion and was ready for death and was anxious to depart and be at rest. The funeral was preached at Maple Grove M.E. church by Rev. Mrs. W.C. Kelley, F.M. pastor of Clarinda. The text Eclesiastes 9:5 first clause. Interment at Guss cemetery.
The pall bearers were the four sons and two grandsons, Harry and Dewey Combs.
Card of Thanks - For the many favors and kindnesses extended by neighbors and friends during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father we desire to return our sincere thanks. Mrs Elizabeth Combs and children.

[2] Trip to Kansas in 1896

From Hazel Combs Foster - Lucretia Painter Combs died of a heart attack when she was 42 years old. Osie was 2 1/2 years old. She [Lucretia] weighed 235 pounds and was around 5'4" tall. Granpa, Osie and Nell went to Salina, Kansas in a covered wagon the summer of 1896. Osie was 7 years old. Took 8 days both ways [for the trip]. They canned peaches while there and they brought a number of jars of jam and sauce home with them.

Mr and Mrs John Sollars took their 3 oldest girls and made the trip at the same time. Wonder who they visited?

[From Pat Combs O'Dell - I would guess that they visited Lucretia's brother, John Painter and wife, who actually lived at Soloman, Kansas near Salina.]

[3] Marriage Announcement New Market Herald, New Market, Iowa
We received word that Mrs Quimby and B.H. Combs were married at the bride's home in Memory [Iowa], Thursday evening. The Herald with their friends wish them many happy and prosperous years of wedded bliss. Rev Gill officiated.
[4]Marriage Announcement [newspaper unknown]

Mr Burr H. Combs and Mrs Elizabeth Quimby were married at the bride's home in Memory [Iowa], on Jan 7 [1904], by W.R. Gill pastor of the Christian Church. There were about seventy-five friends present. All partook of an excellent supper which was served by expert hands. After supper a jolly good time was enjoyed by all, after which the guests returned to their homes to prepare for the infair which was given at the pleasant home of Mr Combs, on the following day. Again, seventy-five people came and brought many presents with them, a number of which were valuable. May the blessing of a quiet happy life follow this couple.

At this writing we learn that the bride has moved from her farm at Memory to her new home, where she will take up the duties of a happy farm life.

[5] Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 28, 1900
B.H. Combe, a farmer and cattle feeder living five miles north of New Market, bought and commenced feeding eighteen head of steers, which averaged 1205 pounds on September 6. After ninety days feeding they had gained 320 pounds each, or over 3 1/2 pounds each per day. That beats free coinage of silver for increasing one's currency.
[6] Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 25, 1901
Mr B.H. Combs, one of Taylor county's most successful farmers and cattle feeders, was in town last Wednesday, with his daughter, visiting friends and attending to business.
[7] Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 12, 1901
B.H. Combs, of New Market, made a shipment of fat cattle to Chicago last week that brought him the top market price. The cattle averaged 1576 pounds in weight, and sold for 5 1/2 cents per pound, which made the neat little sum of $86.68 apiece.
[8] Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 31, 1906
B.H. Combes, a prominent farmer and stockman living north of New Market, was in Clarinda this forenoon in company with his son on their way home from Chicago, where they had been with several car loads of cattle. Forty-seven head of three-year-old fat steers brought Mr Combes $3,284, or but $6 less than an average of $70 per head. This was in face of a hard market, too, for the Chicago yards are just now crowded with fat cattle. A car load of yearlings sold at Chicago by Mr Combes brought him an average of $38 a head. Mr Combes and his son were in this city several hours this morning, between trains.
[9] Clarinda Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 28, 1918
Burr Combs died Monday at 12 o'clock at his home east of Hawleyville...
[10] Clarinda Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 24, 1919
Mrs Burr Combs died at New Market, Saturday, April 12, 1919, of pneumonia. Her funeral was conducted the following Tuesday by Rev R.C. Snodgrass of Clarinda. Burial was in Memory cemetery. Her husband died something over one year ago.
[11] Clarinda Journal, Clarinda, Iowa Oct 10, 1918
of 360 Acres of Highly Improved Farm Land
lying three and one-half miles north of New Market, Iowa, in order to settle the estate of the late Burr H. Combs, on
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1918
at 1 o'clock sharp
This is one of the best farms in southwestern Iowa, and lies in one body of land, but will be sold in separate tracts of 80 and 40 acres in order to accommodate all.
The two 80 acres with the improvements on will be first sold, then the other tracts. You will thus have a chance to buy any size farm you may desire.
This is a highly improved farm, well watered and the best of soil. The owner has for years stocked this farm and taken the best of care of the same. It is the best of farm land.
House, 2 stories, 30x30x18 feet. Barn No.1, 52x44 feet. Barn No 2, 52x44 feet. Barn No 3, 32x54 feet. Corn crib, 20x32 feet, and other outbuildings, with windemills, etc. All the farm is well fenced and hog tight.
At the same time and place the remainder of the personal proerty will be sold, consisting of one span of gray geldings, 10 years old, one span of mule colts; fifteen tons of Timothy Hay, 500 Hedge Post, Implements, Tools, Feed and other things too numerous to mention.
TERMS OF SALE-- 10 per cent of the purchase price of farm to be paid down on day of sale. Balance not later than March 1st, 1919. Contract to be reduced in writing on day of sale. Abstracts showing a good marketable title will be furnished. Personal property, usual terms.
Will meet all customers at New Market on the 10 o'clock and 12 o'clock trains, and return them in time for the 6 o'clock train on day of sale.
GEORGE COMBS, Executor of Burr H. Combs Estate
Chilcote Brothers, Auctioneers
T.M. Dougherty, Clerk
[12] GLASSGOW NEWS - Last week Joe Tom Combs commenced to pick his corn with Burr Comb's white horses; of course Burr thought he would go out and help Joe as they are both young and sprightly, one 77 years old and the other is 73, but the horses concluded they would run and ran until they concluded to stop, however they did no damage. Joe's two nephews furnished him with a gentle teams so he and his hand from Nebrska commenced Monday morning in earnest. Joe picked 70 bushels and his hand 99 in one day. NEW MARKET HERALD, New Market, Iowa, Nov 7, 1912
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